Tring grandmother says: ‘I’m at the end of my tether with rude youngsters’

Dolphin Square, Tring, January 2013
Dolphin Square, Tring, January 2013

A grandmother has pleaded with police to take action after anti-social behaviour has made her life a misery.

Kim Challinor, 55, lives in Dolphin Square in Tring and has been plagued with problem youngsters’ bad behaviour for nearly four years.

Dolphin Square, Tring, January 2013

Dolphin Square, Tring, January 2013

Kim, who works in social care, said: “They congregate round by Specsavers and smoke and drink. I’ve tried talking to them but they just shout obscenities at me. I can’t believe their attitude.”

Kim, who has two grown-up children of her own, has had suffered extensive damage to her car including a smashed windscreen, and the wing mirror and back windscreen wiper being ripped off.

She said: “I pray for the rain, because I know they won’t be there. I hate the summer holidays – I can’t even have my windows open because things get thrown in.”

The exasperated resident took to the Everything Tring Facebook page to share her views, where she sparked a debate and garnered support from others.

She said: “I’m at the end of my tether. I’ve reported it time and time again, but something really needs to be done now.

“I do appreciate that children are children, but I do think their parents should know what they’re up to. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to want to lead a normal life.”

Sgt Peter Huffer, who oversees teams covering Tring and Berkhamsted, confirmed there had been an increase in calls relating to disorder.

He said: “Residents feeling intimidated or tolerating disorder which affects their day-to-day life is unacceptable.”

Sgt Huffer encouraged residents to call the non-emergency number 101 to report the incidents when they are occurring.

He also confirmed that the team would be talking to those affected while liaising with Dacorum Borough Council in the near future to see what preventative measures could be put in place.